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PRESS RELEASE

June 10, 2002

SBE to Consider Timelines for Corrective Action, Public School Ratings at June Meeting

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will meet on Friday, June 21, beginning at 8:00 a.m., at the Bataan Memorial Building, Old Senate Chambers, Room 238, located at 407 Galisteo Street in Santa Fe, to consider timelines for announcing schools designated for corrective action and public school ratings for 2002. The SBE will also provide direction to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis in determining corrective actions for 2002.

In addition, the SBE will consider amendments to its accountability regulation to allow school districts to pursue corrective action for their potential corrective action schools in advance of state-imposed corrective action.

"By the close of the June State Board of Education meeting, the road will be fully paved for corrective action to move forward," said State Superintendent Davis. "Our aim through corrective action is to provide flexibility and innovative solutions to meet the needs of individual schools and communities."

The SBE will also consider:

  • amending its substandard licensure rule to give teachers holding this license a one-year extension, if requested by their district
  • amending the regulation on competency testing for licensure to authorize content knowledge assessments in elementary education K-8, language arts, reading, social studies, mathematics and science
  • adoption of new mathematics content standards, benchmarks and performance standards
  • adoption of a new regulation that will change how districts administer Bilingual Education programs
  • accreditation of one-third of New Mexico's public schools and one-year accreditation extensions for the Albuquerque Public Schools, Montgomery Hub, to allow accreditation visits to be completed this fall, the Rio Rancho Public Schools, serving as a pilot for accrediting schools by using the Baldrige Criteria, and the Carrizozo Municipal Schools due to a major reconstruction of its facilities last year.
The SBE's six standing committees and the Rules of Procedure Ad Hoc Committee will hold meetings on Tuesday to Thursday, June 18-20, in Room 128 of the State Education Building, located at 300 Don Gaspar in Santa Fe, and in the Old Senate Chambers of the Bataan Memorial Building. Committees act in an advisory capacity to the SBE, referring items for action.
  • Legislation. The SBE's Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 18, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., in Room 128 to discuss the SBE's 2003 education budget, legislative marketing plan and calendar.
  • School District Issues. The SBE's Finance, Transportation and Administration Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 19, from 8:00 to 10:45 a.m. in the Old Senate Chambers of the Bataan Memorial Building to consider a recommendation to the SBE regarding a new regulation requiring licensure for school business officials. The committee will hear a report on school district financial issues in Cuba, Floyd, Loving, Mesa Vista and Vaughn.
  • Quality Educators. The SBE's Quality Educators Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Old Senate Chambers of the Bataan Memorial Building to consider recommending that SBE regulations be amended to require content knowledge tests for elementary licensure and endorsements in language arts, reading, social studies, mathematics and science and to extend existing licensure waivers by one year. The committee will also discuss a recommendation by the Professional Standards Commission to no longer require the general knowledge test of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment.
  • Instructional Services. The SBE's Instructional Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 19, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Old Senate Chambers of the Bataan Memorial Building to discuss adoption of new content standards, benchmarks and performance standards in mathematics and a new regulation on Bilingual Multicultural Programs, to take effect on July 1, 2003, that will change how districts administer their Bilingual Education programs.
  • Testing Issues and Corrective Action. The SBE's Accountability Committee will meet on Thursday, June 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Old Senate Chambers of the Bataan Memorial Building to discuss accreditation of one-third of New Mexico's public schools and accreditation extensions for recommendation to the SBE, the 2002 Terra Nova New Mexico Achievement Assessment, including comparability between last year's and this year's data and data validation, the processes and timelines for corrective action and public school ratings for 2002 and the future application of growth scores in the Accountability Program.
The next meeting of the SBE will be held on August 19-21, at a location to be announced.

For more information, contact Ruth Williams, the SDE's public relations director, at 505-476-0393.


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